Well I'll probably get HPS lights seeing as they're pretty inexpensive as well. But what soil and nute brand would you suggest? Something you could get from a department store would be preferred.
Well now you have a choice to go synthetic or organic with your soil and nutes. Its not a good idea to mix them because the organic doesnt react well with synthetic so just pick one or the other. Synthetic will probably give you a better yield, while organic will probably give you a better flavor and smoke. I say probably because it has a lot to do with the grower and the equipment also.
Like i said in a earlier post, Im on my first grow right now. So i cant give you first had experience comparing the two. But I chose to go organic and am having good results with Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil and BioBiz nutes. Together the bag of soil, grow nute, and bloom nutes cost me about $55